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Renblad, K. & Brodin, J. (2016). Children’s health and wellbeing. In: Children and childhood: Some international aspects (pp. 147-156). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children’s health and wellbeing
2016 (English)In: Children and childhood: Some international aspects, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016, p. 147-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite the long tradition in the social welfare field the number of children in Sweden who do not feel well has increased. This statement is based on reports from preschool teachers and includes young children (1-5 years old). The purpose of this chapter is to stress the present situation and what can be done to better work to raise healthy and secure children who also feel well. The aim is to discuss how the quality in preschool affects children’s wellbeing? Quality does not only mean happy children and satisfied parents but also competent staff with positive attitudes and systematic quality work. It appears from research that enough time for pedagogical planning and follow-up, small child groups, high teacher density and low staff turnover are also essential. The results also show that the most critical aspects for supporting children’s health and development are quality improvements based on equality, an efficient value system, a useful curriculum, scientifically based teacher training and a school/preschool for all.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36650 (URN)2-s2.0-85019900656 (Scopus ID)9781634845946 (ISBN)9781634845878 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-07-06 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2017-07-06Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2015). Early Childhood Educators' Perspectives of the Swedish National Curriculum for Preschool and Quality Work. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43(5), 347-355
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Early Childhood Educators' Perspectives of the Swedish National Curriculum for Preschool and Quality Work
2015 (English)In: Early Childhood Education Journal, ISSN 1082-3301, E-ISSN 1573-1707, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 347-355Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is today an increasing global interest in early childhood education, especially with regard to curriculum and quality work. The aim of this article is to study preschool teachers’ and child care workers’ views on the revised national curriculum for preschool in Sweden (Lpfö 98, rev. 2010), and if the educators perceive that they can conduct quality work based on the curriculum. This article is based on a web-based questionnaire distributed to all municipal preschool teachers and child care workers (in this study called educators) employed in a small municipality (n = 111). The questionnaire consisted of eight questions with 54 sub-items with five reply alternatives, including ‘don’t know’. The reply frequency was 58.6 % (n = 65). Data were compiled and processed in a computer based program. The results showed that the preschool educators were positive to the curriculum and regarded it as a tool for improving the quality in preschool. The most important factors for increasing the quality were, according to the results, the educators’ attitudes, the number of children in the group and the teacher-to-child ratio.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015
Keywords
preschool, national curriculum, quality work, early childhood educators' perspectives, preschool teachers
National Category
Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24444 (URN)10.1007/s10643-014-0657-2 (DOI)000359783700001 ()2-s2.0-84938985372 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Systematiskt kvalitetsarbete i förskolan
Available from: 2014-08-26 Created: 2014-08-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2015). How does the quality in preschool affect children's health and wellbeing?. In: Joav Merrick (Ed.), Child and Adolescent Health Yearbook 2014: Pediatrics, Child  and Afolescent health (pp. 83-93). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How does the quality in preschool affect children's health and wellbeing?
2015 (English)In: Child and Adolescent Health Yearbook 2014: Pediatrics, Child  and Afolescent health / [ed] Joav Merrick, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015, p. 83-93Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015
Keywords
health, wellbeing, children, preschool, quality
National Category
Social Sciences Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27835 (URN)978-1-63482-206-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Systematic quality work
Available from: 2015-09-02 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-02Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2015). Perspektiv på kvalitet i förskolan (1:1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perspektiv på kvalitet i förskolan
2015 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015. p. 143 Edition: 1:1
Keywords
kvalitet, förskola, läroplan för förskolan, kvalitetsarbete, förskollärare, förskolechefer
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27765 (URN)978-91-44-10633-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-25 Created: 2015-08-25 Last updated: 2015-10-13Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J., Hollerer, L., Renblad, K. & Stancheva-Popkostadinova, V. (2015). Preschool teachers' understanding of quality in preschool: a comparative study in three European countries. Early Child Development and Care, 185(6), 968-981
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preschool teachers' understanding of quality in preschool: a comparative study in three European countries
2015 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 185, no 6, p. 968-981Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to highlight the concept ‘quality' with a special focus on preschool teachers' understanding and compare what preschool teachers in Austria, Bulgaria and Sweden regard as quality. Although quality is at high degree a subjective concept, some aspects are regarded decisive for good quality. A questionnaire was distributed to 45 preschools. Data have been stored, processed and compiled with the web-based programme ‘Netigate’. Totally 117 preschool teachers answered the questionnaire. The results among the three countries have been compiled, processed, ranked and compared and show a glace of different ways to interpret quality, although there are also similarities. Many differences are related to social, cultural and financial issues in the countries per se, but there are also organisational and structural differences. Further comparative research needs to focus on modes to improve the quality in preschool and on increasing children's influence.

Keywords
quality, preschool, comparative study, preschool teachers
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25200 (URN)10.1080/03004430.2014.974035 (DOI)000354268700009 ()2-s2.0-84927690712 (Scopus ID)HLKSkolnäraIS (Local ID)HLKSkolnäraIS (Archive number)HLKSkolnäraIS (OAI)
Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Renblad, K. & Brodin, J. (2014). Behövs specialpedagoger i förskolan?. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 91(4), 384-390
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Behövs specialpedagoger i förskolan?
2014 (Swedish)In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 91, no 4, p. 384-390Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Forskning har visat att vart fjärde barn i förskolan mår dåligt och har psykiska, emotionella och/eller sociala problem. Rapporter från pedagoger i förskolan visar att de sett en förändring där allt yngre barn mår dåligt jämfört med tidigare decennier. En aktuell fråga är därför i vilken utsträckning som förskollärarna har stöd från specialpedagoger för att underlätta för barn i behov av särskilt stöd i förskolan. Oftast finns ett antal specialpedagoger anställda i en kommun och de har till uppgift att serva flera förskolor. I den kommun vi studerat finns tre specialpedagoger som ansvarar för barn i behov av särskilt stöd i förskola och skola. Frågan är vilken roll specialpedagogerna har i förskolan och vilken funktion de anser sig ha? Resultatet visar bland annat att deras viktigaste funktion är som rådgivare, handledare och bollplank till personalen. De har även en viktig roll när det gäller att upprätta handlingsplaner i samarbete med föräldrarna. Specialpedagogerna bedömer att behovet av deras kompetens ökar kontinuerligt och de ser läroplanen som ett stöd i arbetet.

Keywords
specialpedagoger, förskolan, barn i behov av stöd
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25144 (URN)
Projects
Systematiskt kvalitetsarbete i förskolan
Available from: 2014-11-12 Created: 2014-11-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2014). Communication support in preschool by reading aloud: Factors influencing student's reading skills (Thematic session). In: Erzsébet Korom, Attila Pász (Ed.), CEA 2014: 12th Conference on Educational Assessment: Program – Abstracts. Paper presented at CEA 2014: 12th Conference on Educational Assessment, May 1-3, 2014, Szeged, Hungary (pp. 83). Szeged, Ungern: Gold Press Nyomda kft
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communication support in preschool by reading aloud: Factors influencing student's reading skills (Thematic session)
2014 (English)In: CEA 2014: 12th Conference on Educational Assessment: Program – Abstracts / [ed] Erzsébet Korom, Attila Pász, Szeged, Ungern: Gold Press Nyomda kft , 2014, p. 83-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Summary of abstract: The mission of the Swedish preschool is to stimulate children's learning and development in a holistic. No other period in child development contains so much learning as the first five years in life. The presentation is based on the projetct Let's read a book and focus on reading aloud. The results show that all children appreciated reading aloud and story telling and the assessment showed that the quality of their communication was raised by these efforts. The children's interest in signs, symbols, pictures and letter increased and they improved their vocabulary, their understanding of language and their phonological awareness. The project was presented on an internationla  conference in ECE and also published in proceedings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Szeged, Ungern: Gold Press Nyomda kft, 2014
Series
Universitas Scientiarum Szegediensis
Keywords
language development, preschool children communication, reading aloud
National Category
Social Sciences Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23767 (URN)9789633062791 (ISBN)
Conference
CEA 2014: 12th Conference on Educational Assessment, May 1-3, 2014, Szeged, Hungary
Projects
systematiskt kvalitetsarbete i förskolan
Available from: 2014-05-08 Created: 2014-05-08 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2014). Does the quality in preschool affect children's health and wellbeing?. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 7(1), 71-78
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Does the quality in preschool affect children's health and wellbeing?
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, ISSN 1939-5930, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 71-78Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the long tradition in the social welfare field the number of children in Sweden who do not feel well has increased. This statement is based on reports from preschool teachers and includes young children (1-5 years old). The purpose of this article is to stress the present situation and what can be done to better work to raise healthy and secure children who also feel well. The aim is to discuss how the quality in preschool affects children’s wellbeing? Quality does not only mean happy children and satisfied parents but also competent staff with positive attitudes and systematic quality work. It appears from research that enough time for pedagogical planning and follow-up, small child groups, high teacher density and low staff turnover are also essential. The results also show that the most critical aspects for supporting children’s health and development are quality improvements based on equality, an efficient value system, a useful curriculum, scientifically based teacher training and a school/preschool for all.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014
Keywords
preschool, early childhood education, children's health, wellbeing, quality, inclusive education
National Category
Social Sciences Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23768 (URN)
Projects
Systematiskt kvalitetsarbete i förskolanBarn i utsatta livssituationer
Available from: 2014-05-08 Created: 2014-05-08 Last updated: 2015-01-13Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. & Renblad, K. (2014). Reflections on the Revised National Curriculum for Preschool in Sweden – interviews with the heads. Early Child Development and Care, 184(2), 306-321
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reflections on the Revised National Curriculum for Preschool in Sweden – interviews with the heads
2014 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 184, no 2, p. 306-321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden a Revised National Curriculum for Preschool (Lpfö 98, rev. 2010) was implemented on July 1st 2011. The purpose of the revised curriculum was to increase the quality in the Swedish preschool by stressing the scientific basis. The aim was to explore how four heads of preschool reflect on the curriculum and the quality in preschool. This article is based on focus group methodology. The questions concerned reflections on the Curriculum for Preschool, systematic quality work and the role of the heads. The results showed that the  most important factors concerning the revised curriculum were competent staff, attitudes and values, and systematic quality work. Important factors for quality work were competent staff, enough time for pedagogical planning and the children, low staff turnover. Important issues concerning the role of the heads were knowledge and understanding of the mission, systematic work and goals of improvement.

 

Keywords
preschool curriculum, preschool heads, focus group methodology, early childhood education, quality work
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21172 (URN)10.1080/03004430.2013.788500 (DOI)2-s2.0-84889261918 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Systematiskt kvalitetsarbete i förskolan
Available from: 2013-05-15 Created: 2013-05-15 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Brodin, J. (2014). Sweden: Children in unsafe environments and life situations (1ed.). In: J. Merrick, I. Kandel, & H.A. Omar (Eds.) (Ed.), Children Violence and Bullying: International perspectives (pp. 115-125). New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sweden: Children in unsafe environments and life situations
2014 (English)In: Children Violence and Bullying: International perspectives / [ed] J. Merrick, I. Kandel, & H.A. Omar (Eds.), New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc. , 2014, 1, p. 115-125Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc., 2014 Edition: 1
Series
Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
Keywords
Children's health, wellbeing
National Category
Other Social Sciences Other Medical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24193 (URN)9781629483429 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-07-01 Created: 2014-07-01 Last updated: 2015-07-03Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2214-3032

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